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Enemy Mine (1985)

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During a long space war, the lives of two wounded enemies becomes dependent on their ability to forgive and to trust.

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Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Barry Longyear (story), Edward Khmara (screenplay) (as Ed Khmara)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Davidge
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Drac
Brion James ... Stubbs
Richard Marcus ... Arnold
Carolyn McCormick ... Morse
Bumper Robinson ... Zammis
Jim Mapp ... Old Drac
Lance Kerwin ... Wooster
Scott Kraft ... Jonathan
Lou Michaels Lou Michaels ... Wilson (as Lou Micheals)
Andy Geer Andy Geer ... Bates
Henry Stolow Henry Stolow ... Cates
Herb Andress ... Hopper
Danmar Danmar ... Wise Guy
Mandy Hausenberger Mandy Hausenberger ... 1st Medic
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Storyline

A soldier from Earth crashlands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually, he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting. They band together to survive on this hostile world. In the end, the human finds himself caring for his enemy in a completely unexpected way. Written by Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

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planet | battle | pilot | hatred | alien | See All (244) »

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Enemies because they were taught to be. Allies because they had to be. Brothers because they dared to be. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enemigo mío See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,594,702, 22 December 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,271,684
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The whole film was originally to be shot in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland, but Richard Loncraine and the producers ran into "creative differences", and the project was shut down. Wolfgang Petersen took over and re-shot the entire film, with the production moving to Munich. See more »

Goofs

When the Drac is sitting by the camp fire reading from his book, we see the open book for a few seconds. The page on the right is the same page as the left just upside down. See more »

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Zammis: Zammis get four five?
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version had been shortened by the distributors before release following negative reviews in the US and was then cut by 27 secs by the BBFC for a PG certificate with edits made to the severed ear sequence. The cuts were restored to the 1987 15-rated video release and the full US version was released on DVD in 2002. See more »

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One of the Ten Best "Forgotten" Sci-Fi Classics
4 June 1999 | by HeadshotSee all my reviews

A funny thing happened to me on the way to the video store...I ran across a sci-fi film that didn't rely on space battles, incredible special effects, or magnificent sets and costumes. Instead, it relies on a touching and compelling human story of survival, hate and conflict - and of bitter enemies becoming unlikely allies and, eventually, close friends.

"Enemy Mine" is one of the ten best "forgotten" sci-fi classics - those rare little gems that got overlooked on their initial release, but live on in video release.

Practically abandoned at the box office, "Enemy Mine" found new life on video among fans of the kind of science fiction we only read about as kids - stories that expanded our horizons and made use look at the world in a whole new way, not just wowing us with their dazzling effects.

It is the story of hotshot starfighter pilot Willis Davidge (Dennis Quaid) who, after a dogfight with the reptilian, alien Drac, is stranded on a hostile planet with one of the enemy. At first blinded by their hatred of each other, the pair soon learn that they can only survive by working together. By doing so, they develop a strange friendship that helps break the wall of distrust between enemies.

If you get the chance to check out "Enemy Mine", give it a chance. It's not likely to go down in history as the best sci-fi movie ever made, but it does have heart.


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